Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun from the early 20th century, became the great apostle of Divine Mercy. She was asked by Jesus to bear a message of grace and love. Part of her mission included creating this image:
She was told by Jesus, "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: 'Jesus I Trust in You.'" The two rays of light symbolize the blood and water that flowed from His side. The red ray is the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the blood and life of the soul. The white ray is the Sacrament of Baptism and Reconciliation, which brings us in union with Christ. Jesus wants this image to be venerated throughout the world
The Divine Feast of Mercy (Mercy Sunday) takes place on the Sunday after Easter. The Lord wants this celebrated in the following manner:
1. Veneration of an image of Jesus, The Divine Mercy. "I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know it," Jesus told Faustina.
2. Celebration at a Feast of Mercy Mass and the reception of Holy Communion.
3. Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, preferably before Mercy Sunday.
4. Extending mercy to others through words, actions, and prayers following the Feast of Mercy.
Saint Faustina also encourages people to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily at 3:00 p.m. This is to be recited using five decade rosary beads. Press below to access the chaplet:
The chaplet can also be said for nine days as a novena to the Divine Mercy. Jesus particularly wants this prayed the nine days before Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter. This should begin on Good Friday and said daily through the Saturday before Mercy Sunday. On Good Friday, 1937, Jesus dictated nine special intentions He wished to add to the chaplets in the novena said before Mercy Sunday. "On each day you will bring to my Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My Mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father," Jesus promised. Press below to access these extra intentions:
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